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General Associate-O-Matic FAQ

1. What are the requirements of Associate-O-Matic?
2. How do I install Associate-O-Matic?
3. How do I upgrade Associate-O-Matic?
4. Do I lose my saved store settings when moving from the Trial version to the Lite or Full version?
5. Does Associate-O-Matic support the other country-specific Amazon sites?
6. What categories are available under each of the country-specific Amazon sites?
7. How do I find Browse Nodes (Amazon Category IDs)?
8. Is the source code open?
9. I can't save my Control Panel username/password... what do I do?
10. I can't save my Control Panel settings... what do I do?
11. Web spiders/bad bots are chewing up all of my server resources and Amazon API requests... what do I do?
12. How do I change my store login username and password?
13. Does Associate-O-Matic work with Google Adsense?
14. How do I install ionCube?
15. Where can I find new theme/template designs for my store?
16. Does Associate-O-Matic work with WordPress?
 



1. What are the requirements of Associate-O-Matic?
 

Amazon Associate ID
It is free to join the Amazon Associate Program. Register at the appropriate locale:
 
Amazon.com  (United States)
Amazon.co.uk  (United Kingdom)
Amazon.in  (India)
Amazon.ca  (Canada)
Amazon.de  (Germany)
Amazon.cn  (China)
Amazon.fr  (France)

Amazon.it  (Italy)
Amazon.es  (Spain)
Amazon.co.jp  (Japan)

 

Amazon Access IDs   (see instructions here)
Domain Name   (we use GoDaddy, there are many others)
Web Host   (we use WestHost, there are many others)
Operating System: Linux, Unix or Windows
Web Server: Apache (or comparable)
PHP 4 or PHP 5
Absolutely NO programming or database required

Web Hosting - Sponsor Site


Domain Names - Sponsor Site
GoDaddy
   
2. How do I install Associate-O-Matic?
  Please read the Installation Instructions in our online documentation.
   
3. How do I upgrade Associate-O-Matic?
  Please read the Upgrade Instructions in our online documentations.
   
4. Do I lose my saved store settings when moving from the Trial version to the Lite or Full version?
 

No, you do not lose your saved settings. Once your 30-Day Trial expires and you move to either the Lite or Full version, your store settings remain intact so it is very easy to migrate your store to one or the other.

   
5. Does Associate-O-Matic Lite support the other country-specific Amazon sites?
 

We support the following locales...

Amazon.com (United States)
Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom)
Amazon.ca (Canada)
Amazon.de (Germany)
Amazon.fr (France)
Amazon.co.jp (Japan)
Amazon.it (Italy)
Amazon.cn (China)
Amazon.es (Spain)
Amazon.in (India)

   
6. What categories are available under each of the country-specific Amazon sites?
 

As of Associate-O-Matic v5.5.0 the following Amazon categories are available.  Last updated: 2013-11-26

Amazon.com  (United States)
Apparel Health & Personal Care Outdoor Living
Appliances Home & Garden Pet Supplies
Arts & Crafts Industrial & Science Photo & Camera
Automotive Jewelry Shoes
Baby Kindle eBooks Software
Beauty Kitchen Sporting Goods
Books Lawn & Garden Tools & Hardware
Collectibles Magazines Toys
Computers Miscellaneous VHS
DVD Mobile Apps Video On Demand (Unbox)
Electronics MP3 Downloads PC & Video Games
Gift Cards Music Watches
Gourmet Food Musical Instruments Wireless
Grocery Office Products Wireless Accessories
 
Amazon.co.uk  (United Kingdom)
Apparel Home Improvement Shoes
Automotive Jewellery Software
Baby Kindle eBooks Sports & Leisure
Beauty Kitchen Tools
Books Lighting Toys
DVD MP3 Downloads VHS
Electronics Music PC & Video Games
Grocery Musical Instruments Watches
Health Office Products  
Home & Garden Outdoor Living  
 
Amazon.in  (India)
Books NEW DVD NEW Electronics NEW

Amazon.ca  (Canada)
Baby Health & Personal Care NEW Pet Supplies
Beauty NEW Kindle Store Software
Books Kitchen Sports & Outdoors
DVD Lawn & Garden VHS
Electronics Music PC & Video Games
 
Amazon.de  (Germany)
Apparel Home & Garden Photo & Camera
Automotive Jewelry Shoes
Baby Kindle eBooks Software
Beauty Kitchen Sporting Goods
Books Lighting Tools & Hardware
Computers Magazines Toys
DVD MP3 Downloads VHS
Electronics Music PC & Video Games
Foreign Books Musical Instruments Watches
Grocery Office Products  
Health Outdoor Living  
 
Amazon.fr  (France)
Apparel Health Office Products
Baby Home Improvement Shoes
Beauty Jewelry Software
Books Kitchen Sporting Goods
DVD Lighting Toys
Computers MP3 Downloads VHS
Electronics Music PC & Video Games
Foreign Books Musical Instruments Watches
 
Amazon.co.jp  (Japan)
Apparel Health Shoes
Appliances Home Improvement Software
Beauty Jewelry Sporting Goods
Books Kitchen Toys
DVD MP3 Downloads VHS
Electronics Music PC & Video Games
Grocery Office Products Watches
 
Amazon.it  (Italy)
Books Garden Software
DVD Kitchen Toys
Electronics Music Watches
Foreign Books Shoes Video Games
 
Amazon.cn  (China)
Apparel Health Software
Appliances Home & Garden Sporting Goods
Automotive Home Improvement Toys
Baby Jewelry Video
Beauty Music Video Games
Books Office Products Watches
Electronics Photography  
Grocery Shoes  
 
Amazon.es  (Spain)
Automotive Foreign Books Shoes
Baby Kindle eBooks NEW Software
Books Kitchen Toys
DVD Music Video Games
Electronics MP3 Downloads Watches
   
7. How do I find Browse Nodes (Amazon Category IDs)?
  Checkout our new site for finding Amazon browse nodes:  FindBrowseNodes.com

Also see this post in the forum.
   
8. Is the source code open?
  Associate-O-Matic is not open source. Also, some of the source code is encrypted, some is not. However, we have made every effort to include features and controls that are important to the user community. In fact, many of Associate-O-Matic's features were suggested by the user community. If you have an idea for a feature you'd like to see added, tell us about it. It might become part of an upcoming release.
   
9. I can't save my Control Panel username/password... What do I do?
 

1. Make sure you have uploaded the shop.php, admin.php and aom.php files with the proper permissions and mode (BINARY).

2. Make sure you are using at least PHP v4.x as there are certain functions that require at least this version.

3. If all else fails, upload an empty file to your server (in the same location as admin.php) named "aom_debug.txt". The presence of this file will enable bug reporting which may help you troubleshoot the problem further.

4. If you still can't fix the problem, email us the errors you saw when you uploaded the aom_debug.txt file.

   
10. I can't save my Control Panel settings... what do I do?
 

1. Make sure you have uploaded the shop.php, admin.php and aom.php files with the proper permissions and mode (BINARY).

2. Make sure you are using at least PHP v4.x as there are certain functions that require at least this version.

3. If all else fails, upload an empty file to your server (in the same location as admin.php) named "aom_debug.txt". The presence of this file will enable bug reporting which may help you troubleshoot the problem further.

4. If you still can't fix the problem, email us the errors you saw when you uploaded the aom_debug.txt file.

   
11. Bad web spiders/bots are using up all of my server resources and Amazon API requests... what do I do?
 

Please see the tutorial in the AOM Talk blog on how to trap these naughty bots.

   
12. How do I change my store login username and password?
  To change or reset your store username and/or password you need to delete the /aom/cfg.login.php file on your server. Once deleted, go back into the AOM Control Panel (admin.php). It will ask you to re-setup the username and password.
 
   
13. Does Associate-O-Matic work with Google Adsense?
  Yes. You can use Google Adsense in your store pages. You can also use any other third-party code in your store from Google or anyone else.
 
   
14. How do I install ionCube?
  Please see our ionCube documentation page.
 
   
15. Where can I find new theme/template designs for my store?
  Since Associate-O-Matic v5, we have full theme/templating support. Please see our Associate-O-Matic Themes page.
 
   
16. Does Associate-O-Matic work with WordPress?
  Yes. You must first install your standalone Associate-O-Matic store outside of WordPress. Then you can install our Associate-O-Matic plug-in inside of WordPress so that you can add links to your WordPress posts that direct visitors to your Associate-O-Matic store.
 
   
General Internet FAQ
1. How do I unzip a file (.ZIP)?
2. How do I upload (FTP) a file to my web host?



1. How do I unzip a file (.ZIP)?
  Click here for a tutorial on how to unzip a file using WinZip. These instructions apply generally to other unzip programs as well.
   
2. How do I upload (FTP) a file to my web host?
  Click here for a tutorial on how to upload (FTP) a file using SmartFTP. These instructions apply generally to other FTP programs as well.
 
   
Associate-O-Matic FULL Version FAQ
1. What are the differences between Associate-O-Matic and Associate-O-Matic Lite?
2. How much does a license cost?



1. What are the differences between Associate-O-Matic and Associate-O-Matic Lite?
  Check out our feature comparison chart for a quick list of what's similar and what's different.
   
2. How much does a license cost?
  We sell licenses on an annual subscription model. It's 99 USD for the first year. 20 USD ever year thereafter. During that year you have access to any and all updates/patches/releases regardless of the version. You can get more details by clicking here.
 
   
Associate-O-Matic LITE Version FAQ
1. What are the differences between Associate-O-Matic Lite and Associate-O-Matic?
2. How much does a license cost?
3. How does the affiliate traffic sharing of Associate-O-Matic Lite work?



1. What are the differences between Associate-O-Matic Lite and Associate-O-Matic?
  Check out our feature comparison chart for a quick list of what's similar and what's different.
   
2. How much does a license cost?
  This version is free.
   
3. How does the affiliate traffic sharing of Associate-O-Matic Lite work?
  With Associate-O-Matic Lite, you keep 90% of the affiliate traffic from your site. This means 9 out of 10 times, your Amazon Associate ID will be used with Buy buttons. The other 10% (1 out of 10 times) you share your affiliate traffic with Associate-O-Matic.

If a person adds 10 items to their cart with your ID and 1 item with our ID, the commissions get split out at line level so you get credit for the 10 items and we get credit for the 1.